Mudariki Appointed New ZAN National Coordinator

THE Zimbabwe AIDS Network (ZAN) board has appointed Mr Godfrey Mudariki as the organisation’s new national coordinator commencing October 1, 2020. HealthTimes Reporter Mr Mudariki has more than 14 years in Public Health Planning, Implementation, monitoring and evaluation working for and with local and international Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs). He has served with various organisations including the National Family Planning Council (ZNFPC), Concern Worldwide, OPHID Trust, Partners in Health (PACT Project -USA), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Management Sciences for Health (USA), Clinton Health Access Initiative, Compre Health Services, Population…

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#JUSTIN: Nyandoro Leaves ZAN

THE Zimbabwe AIDS Network board chair, Talent Jumo has announced the departure of the organisation’s National Coordinator Taurai Nyandoro effective May 30, 2020. By Michael Gwarisa In a communique, Jumo said Nyandoro  was now pursuing other career interests. The Board of ZAN would like to inform its members and partners that as from 30 May, 2020, Taurai Nyandoro, the national Coordinator will be transforming from his role as ZAN National Coordinator to pursue other career intrests. “The board of ZAN acknowledges the invaluable role Mr Nyandoro has played in steering…

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ZAN Calls For Strong COVID-19 Response Coordination

ZIMBABWE AIDS Network says nothing is being said of people with pre-existing health conditions being described as most vulnerable to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). By Kudakwashe Pembere The Country’s Treasury boss, the Finance Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube said they are looking at vulnerable populations to hunger, poverty, with Government committing a ZWL$200 million kitty for one million vulnerable persons which is yet to be disbursed. Despite this move coming with noble intentions, nothing was said of securing the lives of the high risk population of COVID-19, people with underlying illnesses…

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ZAN Spells Out Community Centered Vision For 2020

THE country has made significant strides in its HIV/AIDS response with government working hand in glove with civil society organisations working within and with communities. The tagline for the 2020 HIV response worldwide is ‘Communities Make The Difference’ as nations aim to reach the 90-90-90 targets of having 90 percent tested, 90 percent of those tested getting on treatment and the 90 percent on treatment having a suppressed viral load. Derailing efforts made in reducing the HIV/AIDS burden in Zimbabwe are psychological issues such as stigma, denial and defaulting as…

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CSOs Pressure Gvt To Appoint New NAC Board and CEO

THE National AIDS Council (NAC) which has gone for more than 365 days with neither a  substantive board nor Chief Executive Officer (CEO) has come under fire from Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) who believe the development was impacting negatively on the national HIV response. By Michael Gwarisa Health and Child Care Minister, Dr Obadiah Moyo dissolved the NAC board a year ago a few weeks after former NAC CEO, Dr Tapuwa Magure had resigned. Since January 2019, Mr Raymond Yekeye the NAC Operations Manager and Mr Alfred Manenji the Finance…

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CSOs Raise Awareness On HIV & Disabilities At Agric Show

A consortium of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) representing people living with disabilities is riding on the 109th edition of the Zimbabwe Agricultural Show (ZAS) to raise awareness on sexual reproductive health (SRH) issues affecting people with disabilities (PWDs) in Zimbabwe. By Michael Gwarisa The consortium which consists of Deaf Zimbabwe Trust (DZT), Mashambanzou Care Trust (MCT), Disability, HIV & AIDS Trust (DHAT) with support from the Zimbabwe Aids Network (ZAN) has this week been conducting stand to stand visits on various exhibitions stands educating exhibitors on SRH concerns faced by…

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Why Decriminalising HIV Transmission is The Way To Go For Zim

OVER the past few months, there has been talk around the subject of decriminalising HIV transmission. The minister of Justice, Honorable Ziyambi Ziyambi told Parliament that government was planning to decriminalise wilful transmission of HIV following the gazetting of the Marriage Bill. By Michael Gwarisa Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) which include the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), Katswe Sisterhood, Zimbabwe Aids Network (ZAN), Zimbabwe National Network of People Living with HIV (ZNNP+) among others have been advocating for the repealing of Section 79 of the Criminal law which criminalises…

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Implications of Statutory Instrument 142 of 2019 on the Health Sector

THE government through the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development recently announced major changes in the monetary policy of Zimbabwe following the imposition of the Statutory Instrument 142 of 2019. By Zimbabwe AIDS Network Monetary policy is a macroeconomic policy that is laid down by the central bank of a country to show the financial plan of the government. As the Zimbabwean economy imploded, characterized by hyperinflationary environment in 2008, the country abandoned its local currency, the Zimbabwean dollar, in April 2009 as the official currency and adopted the multicurrency…

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Parliament Petitioned Over ARV Shortages

PEOPLE Living With HIV (PLHIV) have handed over a petition to the Parliament of Zimbabwe in a bid to push government to urgently allocate financial resources to arrest the prevailing drug shortage before the situation goes out of hand. By Michael Gwarisa The development comes at the back of indications that the National Aids Council (NAC) is sitting on a cash pile of RTGS$20 million which they are failing to convert to United States (US) dollars needed to procure drugs from source markets. In an interview on the side-lines of…

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People Living With HIV To March Against ARV Stock outs

CIVIC Society Organisations (CSOs) together with people living with HIV will this Thursday, July 4, 2019, march and petition parliament over the obtaining shortage of Anteretroviral (ARVs) drugs and drug stock outs. The march is being organised by Zimbabwe Aids Network (ZAN), Zimbabwe Positive Youths (ZY+), Zimbabwe National Network of People Living with HIV (ZNNP+) and will see various other pressure groups aligned to the HIV cause joining in.

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